Mar­garet, 31 beats stigma of anx­i­ety as fa­ther runs to the res­cue

Daily Record - - INFO - STEPHEN STE­WART s.ste­wart@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

A NURSE who suf­fered from anx­i­ety and an eat­ing dis­or­der has told of her recovery – after her dad ran 1000 miles to help her cope with the con­di­tions.

Mar­garet Mc­Clung, 31, has had men­tal health is­sues since her teens and strug­gled to speak out as she was wor­ried about how peo­ple would re­act.

So her dad Jim, 50, of Dal­rym­ple, Ayr­shire, took up the run­ning chal­lenge to help her recovery by fight­ing the stigma of men­tal health prob­lems, while rais­ing aware­ness.

Mar­garet, who has run in half marathons and 10ks with Jim, says the runs have brought them closer to­gether, adding: “Peo­ple have been re­ally sup­port­ive since they found out about my ill­ness and it gives me the con­fi­dence to speak to peo­ple when I’m not feel­ing great.

“I know who to speak to now about how I’m feel­ing. I’ve also had peo­ple speak to me about how they suf­fered with de­pres­sion and ask my ad­vice and where to get help.”

Jim, who has been run­ning daily to clock up the miles, said: “It’s been a good jour­ney. I’m re­ally happy I’ve done it. Peo­ple have been say­ing it is an amaz­ing thing to run 1000 miles.

“I did this to raise aware­ness be­cause I’ve seen the im­pact men­tal health and stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion can have.”

Ma­chine op­er­a­tor Jim fin­ished his chal­lenge on De­cem­ber 22, the day of his 50th birth­day. This week, he handed the £450 he raised for men­tal health char­ity See Me.

See Me di­rec­tor Calum Irv­ing said: “What Jim and Mar­garet have done is amaz­ing and the im­pact it has had on both of them shows talk­ing about men­tal health does make a huge dif­fer­ence to peo­ple.”

RUN­NING IN THE FAM­ILY Mar­garet and Jim show off medals after a race

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